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Analysis: Pickering’s school funding ideas cut against grain

Legislative leaders recently said that they’d still like to rewrite Mississippi’s public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up. State Auditor Stacey Pickering did. At least one of the things he wants is very different than what lawmakers considered this spring. Pickering has been a longtime critic of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the current funding ...

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Analysis: Mississippi legislators love to try to micromanage

Every year, Mississippi legislators deal with bills that could fall under the heading: Things You Shouldn’t Have to Tell a Sensible Adult. A case in point this year is Senate Bill 2305 , which says drivers must slow down and give space on the road to rural mail carriers who are making deliveries. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor punishable ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Concentrated power on rise in Mississippi Legislature

Concentrated power in the Legislature waxes and wanes with the attitudes of rank and file members. At times, Speakers of the House and Lieutenant Governors have wielded dictator-like power. At other times, members have risen up and made the bodies operate more democratically. Concentrated power is waxing once again as rank and file legislators cede power to their leaders.   The Mississippi ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.    “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Schools must become environments that instill virtue

Teaching children “virtue” is the key to solving poverty, insists a reader and regular critic. That’s how we break the “cycle of dependency,” he said.   To do this, he argues, we must “indoctrinate our children from the early years with a sense of virtue through education.”    Well, “indoctrinate” threw me off. Reminded me of the old Soviet Union ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Father of U.S. Constitution feared factionalism

  If our founding fathers could watch the malfunction of our state and local governments and the lack of reasoned discourse therein, what might they say? A good place to look would be the Federalist Papers. Huh? Oh that’s right. Besides some judges, scholars, and historians, few Americans today have a clue about the Federalist Papers or what they meant ...

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OPINION — How Mississippi can benefit from the U.S.-Cuba relationship

Despite the fact that Cuba is located just across the Gulf, Mississippi farmers are losing out on Cuba’s growing market to foreign competitors around the world. Given Mississippi’s world-class ports and proximity to our island neighbor, as well as Cuba’s reliance on food imports, Mississippi is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in exports to Cuba. But Congress must ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature undercut Fisher’s efforts to clean up MDOC

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so hard? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities,” said ...

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OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness and unaccountability are going to ...

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